Fading Flower

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If Tom Petty were to write a song about aging. (Actually, he probably did, but I haven't heard it yet.) It began from an unpleasant dream about getting older, which I can no longer recall...


I got nixed from my Buick six
It’s going down, down, down
I got tix for my latest picks
They’re going down, down, down

I get around
I could never wade away
I could never waste a day
I could never stand to say
It’s a brand new May, yeah
It’s a brand new May, yeah

It’s a fading
It’s a fading
It’s a fading
It’s a fading flower

I got wicks for my candlesticks
They’re going down in flames
I got tricks, doing teenage kicks
While riding downtown trains

Oh, yeah, I’m a piece of a work of art
Oh, no, but, say, what’s the hardest part?
It’s not staying smart.
Can you restart the backbeat of my heart?

Bring my chair, and when you stop and stare
You better know your game
Trip the stair, and when I start to swear
You better feel no shame


from Country Hymn, released September 17, 2016
words by Sumanth Gopinath, music by The Gated Community
copyright 2016

Sumanth Gopinath: lead vocals, acoustic guitar, tambourine
Rosie Harris: banjo, backing vocals
Beth Hartman: backing vocals
Teresa Gowan: fiddle
Johnny Becker: electric guitar
Cody Johnson: electric bass
Paul Hatlelid: drums
Nate Knutson: electric slide guitar



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The Gated Community is a country/bluegrass/Americana band with rock influences based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in Minnesota and has been in existence since early 2006.


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